Well, we all knew something like this would come eventually.
As first reported by Evan Daniels of 247Sports, 2019 combo guard Grant Sherfield asked for his release from the letter of intent he signed with the UCLA Bruins, and the school granted the request. Sherfield is a composite 3-star recruit according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.
2019 guard Grant Sherfield has asked for and received a release from his Letter of Intent to UCLA, his father tells @247Sports | Story: https://t.co/nYXXGdighd pic.twitter.com/ec16EAZ6rb— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) January 14, 2019
On the whole, this isn’t surprising. The firing of a head coach always leads to these sorts of decisions and, with Sherfield being a native of Wichita, Kansas, it makes complete sense that he would choose to reopen his recruitment. That said, the Sherfield family also did not close the door on a return to UCLA, which also makes sense, as they are, instead, going to keep in touch with the basketball program and monitor the coaching hire.
The loss of Sherfield leaves UCLA with only 2 incoming freshmen in the 2019 class. They are Jaime Jaquez and Jake Kyman, both of whom are listed as small forwards. UCLA could have potentially used a combo guard like Sherfield, but one would assume a new, top-level head coach would be able to grab another quality guard before next year.
In either case, we do wish Grant the best in his future endeavors, whether he ultimately ends up back in Westwood or elsewhere.